Gong Xi Fa Cai!
The Year of the Pig brings in a promising year of fortune and energy, especially when you spend it with the healthy tradition along with friends and family.
While scouring through the various Chinese New Year events happening around Metro Manila, we figured, how else can you celebrate CNY in the comfort of your home?
This recipe we found is a traditional Italian method of cooking pork that makes the meat wonderfully tender. Moreover, adding sage and lemon to the milk with sage and lemon would make the dish extra special. Some more time and cooking skill is needed for this one though, but let's have a go at this porky edition of #FoodFriday !
Pork Poached in Milk
Preparation time: less than 30 mins
Cooking time: over 2 hours
175g/6oz unsalted butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 x 750g/1lb 10oz boned pork loin with rind still attached
4 garlic cloves, sliced
6 sage leaves
2 unwaxed lemons, zest removed in strips, cut in half
1.5 litres/2½ pints DVF Dairy Farm's Pasteurized Gatas ng Kalabaw (Carabao's Milk)
500g/1lb 2oz waxy potatoes, peeled and left whole
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cavolo Nero or Kale Salad (or any simple salad); on the side for serving
Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3.
In a large ovenproof pan or casserole, heat 100g or 3½oz butter and the oil. Add the pork fat-side down and cook until golden-brown and crisp.
Remove the pork from the pan and set aside. Fry the garlic and sage for 1-2 minutes. Add the lemon zest, squeeze in the juice and drop in the rest of the lemon. Add the milk and bring to the boil.
Season the pork shoulder with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Put it, fat-side up, into the hot milk. Add the potatoes and cook in the oven for 1½ -2 hours, or until the pork is very tender.
Remove the pork from the sauce carefully and slice thickly. Place on serving plates, pour over the sauce and serve with a side of salad, cavolo nero, or traditional kale salad.
This recipe might be a little tricky, but you can add your own touch to it!
Let us know how you did!
Or better yet, tag show us on your pictures at our Instagram account @dvfdairyfarm ! <3
Have a prosperous and lovely Chinese New Year! :)
Source: Martin, James. Pork Poached in Milk with Cavolo Nero. https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/pork_poached_in_milk_63173